The Los Angeles Lakers made their first move in what promises to be a busy offseason by extending a qualifying offer to second-year guard Talen Horton-Tucker, the team announced Thursday.
The qualifying offer for Horton-Tucker is $ 1.9 million, according to Bobby Marks, a member of ESPN’s headquarters, and it will make the 20-year-old a restricted free agent, allowing the Lakers to match any outside offer for retain his former second-round pick.
LA has “early booking” rights and can re-sign Horton-Tucker for a contract that is projected to start at $ 10.4 million, according to Marks. The contract must have a minimum duration of two seasons.
Horton-Tucker averaged 9.0 points on 45.8% shooting with 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 20.1 minutes per game last season.
The Iowa State alumnus took leaps and bounds in his sophomore year in the league, memorably filling the scoring chart with 14 points, 11 assists and three steals in a road win over the Brooklyn Nets and played 13 games in which he scored 15 points or more.